Teresa Giudice Sentenced To 15-months In Jail

Posted: Oct 2 2014, 11:22pm CDT | by , in News

Teresa Giudice Sentenced to 15-months In Jail
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Her Husband Joe Was Sentenced to 41-months in jail.

The stars of Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' appeared in federal court in Newark, N.J. When they arrived in court around 9 a.m. ET on Thursday, an eyewitness told E! News, "They both looked serious and sad."

They appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas at 10 a.m. ET.

Salas told the defendants that there were "garing omissions" from the couple's financial disclosure forms, including cars, construction equipment, home furnishings, insurance policies and other items. She added that the Giudices were supposed to file the forms in March but did not do so until August. "I had to put the sentencing off because the financial disclosure wasn't in," Salas explained.

The federal prosecutor argued that nondisclosure and discrepancies by the couple are part of a "pattern of deception, dishonesty and concealment." He alleged that the Giudices' "concealment is intentional."

Teresa's defense attorney explained why the reality TV star listed "0" for jewelry in her financial disclosure forms, by explaining the items are costume jewelry that she wears for the show. The Giudices also listed $25,000 in furnishings for their $3 million home, which the defense attorney said is because the show's production company brings in the furnishings seen on TV. "I'm going to tell you that it leaves with this court a feeling of uneasiness," Salas said. "It feels as if things have been hidden or concealed."

Judge Salas also felt the Giudices declaring $25,000 worth of items from their mansion home was inaccurate, citing the couple had listed $60,000 in items when they filed a 2009 bankruptcy report. "They had an obligation to be transparent and candid and open with the court and I don't think I got that," Salas said. "I want to understand the disconnect."

After two hours in the court room Judge Salas sentenced Joe to spend 41 months behind bars. He was also ordered to pay $414,588.90 in restitution fees to Wells Fargo Bank, and another $10,000 to the government.

Before the sentenced was handed down Joe stood up and read a letter. "I stand here humiliated before the court and my family and society. I disgraced many people, including my wife and four daughters. I take full responsibility for my actions. I promise to be a better person," he said.

Later that afternoon Teresa found out her fate after standing before Judge Salas, 15-months in prison, which she will serve first to allow Joe to continue to take care of their four children in a staggered sentencing.

Both Giudices were brought to tears by the judge's stern criticism, TMZ reported. Teresa Giudice cried as she apologized to Salas, the AP said.

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